Jim Schmidt Leadership Fellowship

Working Together Group will accept applications for the first Jim Schmidt Fellowship from February 1, 2017 – March 15, 2017. The Jim Schmidt Leadership Fellowship will provide an opportunity for someone, who is either a farmworker or from a farmworking family, to develop their leadership and organizing skills through a one-year stipended Fellowship from June 1, 2017- May 31, 2018 through the Working Together Group, a coalition of farmworker-serving organizations in New York State. The Fellow will work on an approved project having to do with farmworker justice, such as in legislative advocacy, farmworker organizing, legal cases, or on a related justice issue within farmworker education, health, housing, etc.

The Fellowship was established in memory of Jim Schmidt, life-long organizer and previous Director of Farmworker Legal Services of New York (now Worker Justice Center). In the spirit of Jim’s long history as an educator, trainer, and radicalizer of many a young leader, this Fellowship will honor Jim’s legacy as we offer an educational experience that directly relates to Jim’s politics, influences, and daily practices.

Our Mission:

To develop leadership and organizing skills in a young person from a farmworker family who is committed to working for justice and change for farmworkers, a Fellow that brings a vision and goals for their justice work, and is eager to be informed by the Jim Schmidt Fellowship experience.

Position Requirements:

• A commitment to justice

• Experience working on a farm or being a member of a farmworking family

• Driver’s license • A willingness to work irregular hours and drive a lot of miles!

• Respect for people of all backgrounds

• Pledge to maintain open communication with fellow staff

• Bilingual or Multilingual in English and another language(s)

• At least 21 years old


Interested applicants should send the complete application and resume to:

Katia Chapman PO Box 4757 Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Or email Katia at ktachapman@gmail.com


Position Details This is a full -time Fellow position with flexible hours and days. Compensation includes:

• $18,000/ year stipend

• Housing in Lyons, NY

• Access to a vehicle with gas card for professional and personal use

• Full medical and dental insurance

• Four weeks vacation


In partnership with the Working Together Group, the Fellow will divide their time between the following activities:

• Support ongoing programs: (50% of time) The Fellow will be based at Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM) and work collaboratively on projects with all Working Together Group (WTG) agencies. The Fellow will be involved with all agencies through projects and relationship building, and focus on activism with both Worker Justice Center NY and RMM.

• Independent project: (35% of time) The Fellow will propose, implement, and evaluate a short-term project with the goal to have long-term impact on farmworking communities in Western New York that includes WTG organizations. 

• Educational enrichment: (15% of time) The Fellow will follow a weekly curriculum that includes reading, discussion with mentors, and additional exposure to the work of different WTG members and allies in the labor movement.

 Fellowship begins with training from June 1- 2, 2017 in Lyons, NY.


WTG’s Global Non-discrimination Policy provides that we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of gender, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, pregnancy, covered veteran status, protected genetic information and/or political affiliation.